Shahid Kapoor’s first look from Padmavati is out and he plays a bloodied but unbent king. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
A week after Deepika Padukone stunned one and all with her royal look from Padmavati, the makers of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film have released the first look of Shahid Kapoor. Shahid plays Deepika’s onscreen husband, MahaRawal Ratan Singh in Padmavati and the king of Chittor.
Shahid flaunts a heavily bearded look in the poster with jewellery adding to his royal and intense look. What one can’t miss is the prominent battle scar and the look which says this king is in the midst of a battle. He may look bloodied but he is definitely unbowed. Sharing the posters, Deepika, Ranveer and Shahid wrote, “saahas, samarthya aur samman ka pratrek”.
Earlier, Shahid had revealed what went into making his character of the ‘Maharawal’ a reality, “When you are playing a king, you need to have a certain personality. At that time, the people used to not be very skinny and lean, so you need to have a manly personality. Basically for that, and to carry those outfits also, Sanjay sir (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) wanted me to be a little muscular and a little full. But I will be gaining weight in terms of muscle and not in terms of fat. This is because I am playing the character of a warrior. The Rajput kings had very strong personalities.”
Last Monday, Deepika’s posters of Padmavati were released. She wore a red royal dress and heavy Rajasthani jewellery. It is hard to miss Deepika’s unibrow, something that soon led to much Twitter discussion.
Deepika essays the titular role of Rani Padmavati while Shahid plays her husband, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh in the film. Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji in the ambitious period drama.
Padmavati is jointly produced by Bhansali Productions and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Deepika and Ranveer have earlier worked together with Bhansali in Bajirao Mastani (2015).
The applause for Padmavati and Shahid’s look started flowing in almost immediately. Alia Bhatt, Shahid’s Shaandaar co-star, was among the first to react.
Media reports said the18-year-old Itir Esen caused a storm on social media after she posted a remark on Twitter as the country held memorials for the victims on the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year’s failed military coup.
Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in an emailed statement that her title was revoked because of a tweet in July that they described as “unacceptable.”
Runner-up Asli Sumen will now represent Turkey in China.
Media reports said Esen, a model and university student, caused a storm on social media after she posted a remark on Twitter as the country held memorials for the victims on the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
According to Sozcu newspaper and other media, the tweet, which has since been erased, said “I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs’ day. I’m marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs’ blood.”
Esen reportedly denied the account was hers. But Can Sandikcioglu, who heads the Miss Turkey Organization, said the committee said it confirmed she was the author of the tweet.
“We are sad to announce that we have reached the conclusion that the tweet was posted by Itir Esen,” the organization quoted Sandikcioglu as saying. “It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organization, whose aim is to promote Turkey worldwide and to contribute to its image, to accept such a posting.”
The organization said the tweet came to their attention after the competition and that it took them “hours” to determine that was Esen’s.
Happy birthday Prem Chopra: The iconic actor, who ruled the silver screen between 1960-1970, was a part of blockbusters like Shaheed, Bobby, Dostana, Kati Patang, Kranti, Purab Aur Pashchim, Upkar, Do Raste, Souten, Teesri Manzil, among many others. Chopra, who turns 82 today, revealed his birthday plans with us.
Talk about Bollywood villains, and anyone from the current breed won’t really come to your mind instantly. Infact, the icons from bygone era will ring a bell for the audience belonging to any age group, even today. And amid a handful of legends, Prem Chopra will surely top the list.
Prem Chopra was one of the most hated persons on screen, but equally loved off it too. People close to him call him one of the politest actors they’ve ever meet. Unlike his onscreen cunning image, he is indeed a charmer in real life. As the veteran actor turns 82 today, indianexpress.com caught up with him to exclusively talk about his birthday plans. “This is wrong. You guys reveal our age and all the beautiful girls run away. Life starts at 80,” the actor quipped.
“I have my birthday get-togethers with very close friends. But this time because of Navratras, I’m not celebrating in a very big way. I’ll go out with my children only. Otherwise there is no point. Nobody eats non-veg, even we don’t,” he added.
Prem Chopra ruled the silver screen in the 1970-1980. Though he still continues to do films, his best was when he played the antagonist. He said he is content with whatever he has achieved.
“I feel quite good at whatever I’ve been through in the journey of life. But I still have the craving to keep on working because I’m able to work physically. The work stops only when you are physically unable or you stop getting work. But by the grace of God, people are still tolerating me, and I’m being accepted by the people,” he said.
We mentioned about his famous quote as to how men used to hide their wives whenever they saw him, and he burst into a loud laughter, saying, “There’s nothing like that. But there was a time when people got scared. That used to be from person to person. They used to be very delighted and they told me that they are normal like us. It is an actor’s professional job to perform on the screen whatever is required of him. If he doesn’t do that, he won’t be there for a very long run. I won’t be doing the same thing in life. I won’t be raping women or murdering people like that, but it is there on screen and we have to do it as convincingly as possible.”
The iconic actor, however does agree that image of villains has changed with time and reasoning has come into place. “Everything changes with time. In those times, a film used to revolved around three characters – a hero, heroine and a villain. Now, heroes themselves play villain. In those times, if Prem Chopra is a villain, he is a villain. Now when heroes do it, there is a reasoning involved, that why and how has he become a bad guy,” he explains.
So how does he react when people meet him and still mention his famous dialogue from 1973 film Bobby – ” Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra”? He says, “Yes, people often say that. Even in foreign countries, when we go for stage shows. I feel very happy because I don’t need to say any dialogue. I can at least remember my name,” he sums it up with yest another laughter.
Here’s wishing the legendary, Prem Chopra, a very happy birthday!
A biopic on the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar, director Apoorva Lakhia's film of the same name traces her rise. It showcases how from a timid but fiercely protective younger sister, she metamorphoses into a confident woman who toughens up owing to circumstances and becomes powerful.
Set against the backdrop of a courtroom in Mumbai, where Haseena Parkar is being tried for several cases registered against her, the narrative unfolds through flashbacks, taking the audience through her life. It reveals how her brother's "reputation" has left an indelible mark in her life. She divulges how her brother makes a foray into crime in spite of their father being an honest and conscientious police constable, his fleeing to Dubai and her gradual rise to power. She also discloses to her son, how she has been disappointed by her near and dear ones.
The weak screenplay together with a fragile plot that lacks interesting twists, is the undoing of the film. It fails to engage you from scene one. The courtroom, too, lacks drama and appears a tad amateurish and staged.
Even glimpses of Dawood Ibrahim and Haseena's early life fail to keep you hooked or offer anything interesting. Be it the riots, shootouts, emotional scenes, everything seems forced and tackily handled. The use of 3D animation in the scene of the Bombay bomb blasts of 1993 is a case in point.
The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is wafer-thin. The dialogues, save for a few, are steeped in mediocrity and in fact in some serious scenes evoke the converse reaction.
Shraddha Kapoor makes a sincere attempt in trying to portray the journey of Haseena from a young girl to a married woman and ultimately a widow who is geared to shoulder the responsibility of her family and neighbourhood. It is the script which fails her and in several scenes makes her appear theatrical and unreal. She exudes a certain maturity in some scenes far belying her young age. Her get up too is not entirely convincing.
Siddhanth Kapoor as Dawood Ibrahim on the other hand fails to make an impact. He appears a misfit in a powerful character like this and perhaps again, the script limits him.
Ankur Bhatia as Ibrahim Parkar, Haseena's loving husband is endearing.
Public Prosecutor Roshini Satam played by Priyanka Setia deserves a mention as she is convincing as well as a good orator.
Other actors like her son Danish, lackey Khalid, lawyer Keswani are competent and do their bit with honesty.
On the production front, the film is poorly mounted and fails to recreate the 1980s and 1990s to perfection. Montages with newspaper clippings, stock shots lend a slapdash feel to the entire film. Even the actions sequences lack finesse.
The music by Sachin-Jigar, is nothing to write home about and does not in any way contribute to elevating the flavour or the context of the narrative.
Overall, what could have been a strong film, well-researched, stimulating and perhaps hard-hitting film, ends up as a poorly executed court room spectacle sans any drama.
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